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Rise & Shine: Ineligible Adams 12 school board candidate wins vote count


  • On their last Denver school board meeting, departing members Mary Seawell, Jeannie Kaplan and Andrea Merida made an unusual move of aligning together on a vote. EdNews Colorado
  • An investigation found thousands of dollars in questionable spending from employees of the Douglas County school district. ABC7
  • Amy Speers, who was deemed ineligible in the Adams 12 District 4 board race, still won the greatest number of votes. Denver Post
  • The new conservative board members in Jefferson County took their seats and told constituents that while they want to develop a pay-for-performance method, they do not want to replicate Douglas County’s reforms. Denver Post
  • Poudre School District officials are warning parents that some students have contracted whooping cough. Coloradoan
  • On the anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination, students at the Denver school named for the president paid tribute. 9News
  • A partnership with Arapahoe Community College is allowing students at the Colorado Center for the Blind to dissect sharks. 9News


  • An extended-day, year-round preschool program in Chicago is showing policymakers one way to do early childhood education. Hechinger Report
  • Texas school board members delayed approval of a biology textbook because of its statements about evolution. New York Times
  • New York is the only state going forward with a plan to send student data to inBloom, though parents have sued to stop the release. AP


  • The Denver Post praises Gov. John Hickenlooper for his attention to transparency questions with PERA.
  • Frank Bruni echoes U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s concerns that students are too coddled. New York Times

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